Three generations torn apart—by bullets fired fifty years ago. Nominated for the Hammett Prize, shortlisted for the American Library Association’s Best Mystery Reading List, and named one of Booklist‘s Top 10 Crime Novels
Philadelphia, 1965: Two street cops-one black, one white-are gunned down in a corner bar. One of the fallen officers, Stan Walczak, leaves behind a 12-year-old boy, Jimmy.
Philadelphia, 1995: Homicide detective Jim Walczak learns that his father’s alleged killer, Terrill Lee Stanton, has been sprung from prison. Jim stalks the ex-con, hoping to finally learn the truth.
Philadelphia, 2015: Jim’s daughter Audrey, a forensic science student, re-opens her grandfather’s murder for a research paper. But as Audrey digs deeper, she comes to realize that Stanton probably didn’t pull the trigger-and her father may have made a horrible mistake…
Duane Swierczynski is the Edgar-nominated author of nine novels including Canary, Severance Package, and the Shamus Award-winning Charlie Hardie series (Fun & Games, Hell & Gone, Point & Shoot). He’s written over 250 comics for Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Valiant and IDW, and most recently wrote The Black Hood, the first comic for Archie’s new Dark Circle imprint. Duane has also collaborated with CSI creator Anthony E. Zuiker on the bestselling Level 26 series. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and children.
“Impressive, intricately constructed . . . A twist-filled saga of family loyalties and civic corruption . . . Mr. Swierczynski’s innovative, life-affirming novel also affords the traditional pleasures of a police procedural, including humor.” —Wall Street Journal
“Fast-moving . . . This book illuminates race relations in the ‘60s in Philadelphia and in the country at large. . . . This is the first novel I’ve read by Duane Swierczynski and as soon as I finished it I went back and read three more by him.” —Nancy Pearl, NPR
“Swierczynski just gets better and better . . . His riskiest move yet [is] a resounding success, with each story line featuring full-blooded characters and intrigue that works both in its own right and in the larger context.” —Booklist (starred review)
“[A] complex whodunit . . . Well-defined characters and a clever mystery . . . Swierczynski skillfully juggles three interrelated plot lines.” —Publishers Weekly
“Swierczynski’s snappy dialogue, athletic pacing and cliffhanger chapter endings make this a tight read.” —Shelf Awareness